Meatless Monday: Vegetable Pasties

When I lived in Australia, vegetable pasties were a favorite take-out food. We would have them with everything from a serving of fries, to a plate of vegetables or salad, or simply serve them with tomato sauce for dipping. They are one of the foods I had been missing most since moving overseas, so it encouraged me to start making them at home.The ones we have are generally individual hand-held pies, which are shaped like a half circle, however, I find this way, which looks similar to a Stromboli, to be much quicker and easier to do. It's also perfect for serving for family dinner, or when home entertaining. Guests can take as much (or as little) as they like, and the recipe below makes three. So if you don't use them all, freeze them for later, just remember to reheat in the oven as … [Read more...]

Quick Valentine’s Day Dinner Pizza Recipe

Valentine's Day is fast approaching!This year Valentine's Day is on a weekday.How about making a heartfelt, homemade dinner that is also quick to make?!?Pizza is the answer.Making a batch of dough isn't hard at all, either. It just requires some waiting time while it rises. If you don't have time for that, you can always buy pre-made dough!Easy-peasy!For this Valentine's Day dinner, you have the option of two pizzas:I Love You PizzaHeart shaped pepperoni pizzaWill You Be My Heart-ichoke PizzaWhite artichoke pizzaThis year for Valentine's Day, go the simple route and fill your Valentine full of love and Heart-ichokes!Whole Wheat Pizza Dough adapted from Eating Well Ingredients3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water … [Read more...]

Cacio e pepe linguine with white asparagus

As the weather is getting warmer and sunny afternoons are followed by long evenings on the porch chatting with friends I feel less and less motivated to spend time in the kitchen and cook elaborate meals. This recipe is for one of those evenings: when you can finally say "Ah summer is coming" and all you want is a simple, delicious dinner that can be put together in less than 15 minutes. RecipeIngredients14 oz dry linguine (or fresh pasta of your choice) 1 bunch white asparagus 2 cups coarsely grated cheese (ideally ¾ of a cup parmesan and 1 ¼ roman pecorino) Pepper to taste 4 tbsp olive oil a handful of slivered almondsInstructionsBring one large pot of salted water to a boil In the meantime trim the ends of the asparagus, then peel the stems … [Read more...]

Chickpea vegetarian burgers

I think that burgers are one of the most satisfying foods on earth, even when they are not made out of meat and can be called healthy. My favourite thing about vegetarian burgers is the extra add-ins, and this recipe surely doesn't miss any: grilled cheese, guacamole and caramelized onions (of course any extra would just make these burgers even more delicious). I would have liked to use a heartier bread, but I couldn't find any at my local shop this morning! I think that any wholesome home-made or store bought bread would pair very well with the chickpeas. The burgers themselves taste like falafel and can be flavoured with any spice mix and seasonal greens. These burgers are perfect for a spring/summer weeknight dinner or for a vegetarian option at a barbecue along with some roasted sweet … [Read more...]

Two Great Salad Dressing Recipes To Help You Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

Two Great Salad Dressing Recipes To Help You Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions   The start of a new year can mean a promise for a healthier lifestyle.  Whether it’s eating right or losing weight, getting more vegetables on your plate is always a plus.Adding a salad to your meals is an easy way to add a variety of vegetables to your diet and the combinations are endless. I have to admit that the salad dressing plays a huge role in how much I like a salad – such a good flavor boost.  I don’t typically choose creamy dressings, I have a soft spot for a great vinaigrette.  The two dressing recipes below are my “go to's". The first one leans a bit more toward Greek and the second one is a classic Balsamic.  They are easy to make and I typically keep them about a week in the fridge (if they … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Taco Bites

Vegetarian Taco BitesA little Tex-Mex taste at your next get together.   This recipe will make about 4 dozen bites.What you’ll need: A package of won ton wrappers or egg roll wrappers (if you use egg roll wrappers, cut each wrap into quarters) 2 8oz packages of cream cheese – softened 1 16 oz carton of sour cream 1 – 2 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon oregano 2 - 3 tablespoons chili powder  assorted toppings: salsa, sour cream, chopped green onion  mini muffin trays** cooking spray[sc:adsense ] Mix ingredients together. Spray muffin cups with cooking spray and then press a wrapper into each cup.Fill with mixture.Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Afterward they'll look like this:Serve with options like chopped green onions and salsa as … [Read more...]